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Café Lumière

May 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Café Lumière  (Taiwan, 2003)

Kohi jiko

In this Tokyo-set rumination on the interplay between past and present, freelance writer Yoko researches a talented but forgotten Taiwanese composer, as she copes with an unexpected pregnancy and impending single motherhood.  The legacy of colonialism, the erosion of traditional domesticity, and the solitude and displacements of contemporary urban life reverberate through Hou Hsiao-hsien's contemplative tribute to the films of Yasujiro Ozu.

Producer: Miyajima Hideshi, Yamamoto Ichiro, Osaka Fumiko.  Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien.  Screenwriter: Hou Hsiao-hsien.  Cinematography: Mark Lee (Ping-bin).  Editor: Liao Ching-sung.  Cast: Hitoto Yo, Asano Tadanobu, Hagiwara Masato, Yo Kimiko, Kobayashi Nenji.  35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles, 103 min.